Most of us will experience some kind of neck or back pain in our lifetime. It might be caused by an injury like slipping on ice, or overuse from carrying heavy objects. Sometimes, neck and back pain can happen with age or be a symptom of an illness.
No matter the cause, the expert orthopedic team at TRIA can help you recover and get back to the things you love. Our expert spine team is made up of the top spine surgeons, physical therapists and other specialists in the Midwest.
With innovative treatments like integrative medicine, and the latest approaches to physical therapy, we can treat even the most complex neck and back conditions. You don’t need to be in pain any longer, take your first step to recovery with help from TRIA.
"[My] team did an incredible job. I will be referring friends and relatives to [TRIA] whenever I hear them complain about back pain. Every aspect of my care at TRIA from check in to recovery was A+. You should all be proud of your work as you certainly deserve it."
- Back pain, neck pain and thoracic pain
- Acute neck and back injuries
- Spinal nerve pain
- Compression fracture of the spine
- Muscle strain or weakness
- Sport injuries to the neck or back
- Neck and back problems due to aging
If your neck or back condition makes it difficult to get through your day, we recommend talking with one of our spine specialists. Our orthopedic doctors and physical therapists can perform an initial evaluation to determine the best course of treatment for your neck or back condition. In most cases, patients who get care for neck and back conditions earlier have an easier recovery.
When you come in for your appointment, we’ll start with a physical exam. We’ll check your neck or back for tenderness, stiffness and pain, as well as talk with you about your symptoms and any recent changes to your lifestyle.
If more information is needed after your physical exam, we might use imaging to take a closer look at the affected area. Diagnostic imaging for neck and back conditions include X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
No matter the complexity of your neck or back condition, the expert team of spine specialists at TRIA can help. We’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique lifestyle and goals. There are several common treatments for neck and back injuries.
In many cases, we can work with you to reduce or eliminate your neck and back pain without surgery. Depending on your symptoms, we may recommend different types of nonsurgical treatments, including:
Neck and back conditions can make it painful to do daily activities. Physical therapy uses targeted exercises, manual therapy and education to get you back to your routines. We’ll help you improve your body function and reduce pain by strengthening your muscles, improving your flexibility and teaching you how to perform daily activities without the risk of re-injury.
Our physical therapists will talk with you about your goals for treatment and create an exercise program unique to you. Exercise is the key to recovery, and we’ll make sure your program includes the types of activities you enjoy like yoga, swimming, strength training or walking.
An orthotic is a medical device that supports or aids the function of a part of the body. Orthotic braces can be used to treat many different neck and back conditions, including scoliosis, muscle weakness and injuries. They provide additional support to the spine or immobilize it so you can heal.
Our on-site team specializes in evaluating, fabricating and fitting custom orthopedic braces, orthotics and other devices. We work hard to ensure that all our braces provide an optimal fit.
Integrative medicine is a type of holistic treatment that uses the body’s natural healing ability to relieve pain and accelerate recovery. We offer many different types of integrative medicine that are scientifically proven to provide health benefits, including yoga therapy, acupuncture, pain management and living well consults.
These types of treatments can be done alongside others to complement your care plan.
Medications can be used to manage your pain, reduce inflammation and help your recovery be more comfortable. Depending on your condition and symptoms, we might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, steroids or other medicines.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses high-frequency radio waves to target damaged tissue or nerves. The heat from the radio waves prevents damaged nerves from transmitting pain signals to the brain. This dulls the pain to keep you more comfortable.
Radiofrequency ablation is a nonsurgical treatment that is typically performed in the clinic. Patients go home the same day.
In some cases, injuries and other conditions can damage the discs in the spine. These discs are spongy tissue between the vertebrae that help absorb shock when our bodies move. When the discs are damaged, they can’t provide as much protection from the bumps and jolts we experience throughout the day.
When other courses of treatment won’t relieve your pain, we may recommend surgery. We provide a comprehensive range of surgeries for even the most complex conditions. In many cases, we perform surgeries in our outpatient ambulatory surgery center so our patients can go home the same day as their procedure. This makes recovery more comfortable and can be a more affordable option for our patients.
Common surgeries we use to treat neck and back conditions include:
A herniated disc is when a spinal disc pushes out into the spinal canal, causing pain or pressure. Microdiscectomy can be used to treat herniated discs. During this surgery, we remove the small part of the herniated disc that is pushing into your spinal canal and causing the discomfort.
This is a common procedure offered to patients after conservative options have been tried and are no longer successful. If microdiscectomy is the best treatment for you, we’ll talk with you to answer all your questions and make you feel as prepared as possible before, during and after your surgery.
Disc arthroplasty, also called disc replacement, is a type of surgery where the damaged intervertebral disc is replaced with an artificial one. We may recommend a disc arthroplasty for people with a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease or other condition that hasn’t healed from more conservative courses of treatment.
If disc arthroplasty is the best option for you, we’ll answer all your questions about the procedure.
The only way to know if you’ll need surgery is to talk to a doctor. At TRIA, many of our neck and back patients have their first appointment with a medical spine specialist.
Our spine specialists will diagnose your condition and guide you toward the best treatment option for you. Many of our patients can manage their back or neck pain with physical therapy, medications or other nonsurgical treatments. We’ll never guide you toward surgery unless it’s the best possible treatment for you. If surgery is needed, we’ll talk with you about how to prepare and how it will help you feel better.
We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, PreferredOne and many others.
You can check with your insurance to see if your plan covers part or all of the services needed. Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.
Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started:
- HealthPartners: 800-883-2177
- HealthPartners Medicare plans: Visit our contact page
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota: 800-382-2000
- CIGNA: 800-244-6224 (insurance through work); 866-494-2111 (insurance directly or through the Exchange)
- Medica: 800-952-3455
- Medicare: 1-800-MEDICARE
- PreferredOne: 763-847-4477 (in the Twin Cities); 800-997-1750 (outside the metro area)